Cross-border insurance disputes

9 May 2019 | 08:00 - 09:30 | Duration: 90 minutes


7 King's Bench Walk, Addleshaw Goddard, Norton Rose Fulbright, Reed Smith, RPC, South Square

What this session will cover

London is a well-recognised venue for resolving cross-border insurance disputes. The judiciary is drawn from a pool of counsel well-versed in insurance law and practice.

The legal profession and litigation support infrastructure have built itself, domestically and internationally, around the London insurance market. Insurance and reinsurance arbitration benefits from a wealth of practitioner experience. The Bermu­­da Form is an endorsement of London as a safe seat. Add to this a thriving mediation culture, London appears to be in a strong position. But how does it face up to the future?

To explore this question, we are hosting:

  1. A Q&A with Gavin Kealey QC (Head of Chambers at 7KBW), followed by
  2. A lively panel debate with:
  • Claire Nightingale (Global Head of FINEX Financial Institutions’ Claims at Willis Towers Watson)
  • Noona Barlow (Head of Liabilities and Financial Lines Claims at AIG)
  • Adrian Mecz (Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright)
  • Gavin Kealey QC (Head of Chambers at 7KBW)
  • Moderator: Jonathan Wood (Chair of the Board of Trustees at CIArb and Head of Arbitration at RPC)

The panel will debate answers to these questions:

  • Do all parties, policyholders, brokers and insurers get a fair crack of the whip?
  • Is there an imbalance in favour of a particular party? Does the current system tilt in favour of some parties over others?
  • Has the Insurance Act 2015 gone far enough to address any perceived imbalance?
  • Is the Bermuda Form a pragmatic solution?
  • What is being done to meet the evolving needs of the parties; what more can London do to stay relevant as a venue in the future?
  • What are the most favoured mechanisms for dispute resolution – litigation, arbitration or mediation? How can each be improved?

Registration and catering: Registration will commence at 8:00 am, with a prompt 8:15 am start to the session. Breakfast will be available during registration.

This event is being held at:



Tower Bridge House,
St Katharine’s Way,

Getting There

We recommend using Transport for London (TFL) for the most up-to-date information on how to get to RPC.